Parental Rights in Vermont

Vermont Parental Rights News

Losing the Children She Tried to Protect

Losing the Children She Tried to Protect

February 14, 2018

“Innocent until proven guilty” is a cherished principle of our justice system here in America. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always seem to apply to parents like you or me, as Tennessee mom Tori Harper recently learned the hard way. She Reached Out to a System Designed to Help Children, and Suddenly Found Herself Its Victim According…

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Vermont State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

Vermont does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

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Vermont Courts and Parental Rights

Affirmed, but Strict Scrutiny Not Clearly Established

Vermont courts have a history of recognizing fundamental parental rights but the standard of review may be a subject of confusion.

See for instance Glidden v. Conley, 175 Vt. 111, 115 (Vt. 2003), and Camburn v. Smith, 586 S.E.2d 656 (2003).